Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai

by Sukriti Social Foundation
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Magical moments of Vismaya
Magical moments of Vismaya

Dear friends,

Greetings from Social Sukriti Foundation.

Your care and compassion bring smiles to little Vismaya and her parents.

Children with disabilities are just as capable of achieving success as their peers without disabilities. It is important to remember that with the proper support, determination and hard work, children with disabilities can accomplish anything they set their minds to. So let us continue to support and empower children with disabilities to reach their full potential.

Today's story comes to you from Vismaya's parents, who are from poor backgrounds.

"It all happened quickly, and my little girl's life changed so much. I never thought that she would stand so soon, still remembering her situation when she was born. Her hip borns had defects, and she couldn't bend her knees. It's not easy when your five-day-old need to undergo surgery. It was like fighting a powerful enemy. We both were defiant. Nervous but held on to hope. After the surgery comes the more painful part - when your little one needs to wear corrective devices. Clueless as we were, if not for the support of the Sukriti Social Foundation, we wouldn't have sailed through.

Vismaya protested, threw tantrums, and cried her heart out when she had to wear the devices. Vismaya's crying has been relentless, too loud for our tiny house to absorb and too big for Vismaya's body. With Sukriti's motivation, we cuddled, cajoled, wheedled, and sweet-talked Vismaya to wear the corrective devices continuously. It was a challenge; what'd you expect from a baby who wants to kick its feet when she sees her mother sweet-talking? But my baby had different challenges. But things changed when we met the doctor after three months. Anxiety filled us when the doctor was checking the x-ray. We prayed and held Vismaya tightly. When the doctor confirmed that she need not to wear the devices, we were taken to another world. It's not just the reality that she need not wear the devices; in the long run, my daughter can be just like any other child.

We thank all our friends who were instrumental in helping Sukriti Social Foundation to give us the devices free of cost. If not for them, we had no idea where to get the devices and had no financial support," narrates the joyful mother.

Thank you, dear friends, for your continuous support and trust in us. There are many more children, just like Vismaya, and we hope to reach out to them to give them a better life.

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Lakshmipathy in a playful mood, enjoying his life
Lakshmipathy in a playful mood, enjoying his life

 

 

Dear donors,

Greetings from Social Sukriti Foundation.

Thank you for your continued support. You heal the hearts of parents and ensure the life of children with birth disabilities transforms and enjoy their childhood.

Lakshmipathy runs endlessly and takes another jump over a small step. This little exercise brightens his mother, Rajeshwari. "There is no that he had a club foot," his father says.

Celebrating the birth of a child is a joyful time for any parent. Rajeshwari and her husband were no exception. However, their joy was short-lived when the doctors broke the news about the baby's club foot.

Not the ones to give up hope, they arrived at the Children's Hospital in Chennai with their 5-days-old baby. After a series of tests and X-rays, their son underwent surgery. "My baby had to bear the 32 times casting. It was painful for us. Thinking of his long-term recovery, we consoled ourselves.," shared Rajeshwari.

Lakshmipathy needed corrective devices to wear soon after his surgery. "We had no idea where and whom to reach. Thankfully, Sukriti Social Foundation came to our rescue. They were with us whenever energy and hope dried. They encouraged and motivated us that Lakshmipathy must wear the shoes. The exercise proved its results. During his last check-up, the doctor gave us the most relieving news. Now he does not have to wear the shoes. It heals my heart to see him running like the other children. n short, he is happy, healthy and thriving - like how all children should be," the mother exclaims in joy.

During the last quarter, we supported 452 children who are in the process of walking into a world of freedom. Freedom to hop, skip and jump. These are only possible because of you, and thank you so much.

With gratitude,
Sowmya

I can stand - Lakshmipathy declares
I can stand - Lakshmipathy declares
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Healed and joyful Rishwanth
Healed and joyful Rishwanth

Dear donors,

Greetings from Sukriti Social Foundation.

Thank you for your continued support of children with birth defects. Our gratitude to the many individuals who give generously to save and sustain the lives of children you will never even meet. We are a family of people who still choose hope.  

When little Rishwanth was born, his legs seemed normal. But as he grew, "we noticed that one of his leg was bent, and he found it a challenge to stand. It caused severe pain, and walking got harder and harder," said his mother.

Rishwanth's parents watched their bright-eyed child grow – and his leg problem worsened. Owing to the lack of orthopaedic surgeons in their village, they had no idea where to turn for help. Treatment at various hospitals in their village gave little hope that their son would ever walk. 

Fortunately, they found the Children's Hospital in Chennai, where Rishwanth had surgery to rectify his bent leg when he was 1 1/2 years old. "It broke our heart to see my little one's leg on plaster after the surgery. He cried, winced and grimaced, looking at his leg in plaster. It was tough on us, but we consoled that he will soon walk," said his mother.

Then you, our dear donors, came into the life of Rishwanth.

After the operation, which straightened his legs, he underwent physical therapy and needed appliances to heal and strengthen his legs. The healing process was long and hard for this brave little boy, but he was surrounded by love and support from his parents and us and he pushed through each challenge.

Rishwanth is now unstoppable. His parents are delighted that their son can walk, jump and run along a beach. "During the last check-up, the doctor told us that Rishwanth needs;t wear the appliances any longer.  We cannot believe our eyes, but we had hope and hope is beautiful. We have a tough time bringing back home once he steps out with his bicycle. Thank you for this transformation".his parents beams.

This is the impact you create for children like Rishawanth and 218 more children during the last four months.

We hope you continue supporting us to give a new and vibrant life to many more children.

Gratefully,

Sowmya

 

 

 

 

My son can walk now
My son can walk now
My son can also cycle
My son can also cycle
Rishwanth taking his first step
Rishwanth taking his first step
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The twins enjoying life
The twins enjoying life

Dear donors,

Greetings from Sukriti Social Foundation.

All parents dream of their children enjoying their childhood. So when a family first learns that their son or daughter will find it difficult or impossible to walk, it is the beginning of a long journey. And not one they had planned. However, with friends such as you, there were some magical moments in place for the twins -Kamesh and Kamlesh. Thank you!

For the parents of the twins, it was the start of a story of many challenges. The joy of the birth of the twins soon turned into countless miseries. The father's meagre income is only sufficient to feed the family and not for the regular travel to the city or get any appliances that the twins need to wear for corrective measures after their surgery. But not giving up, soon after the surgery, they approached us for the appliances.

The rehabilitation after the surgery is crucial for both the parents and the child. Due to ignorance, many parents give up using the appliances. Our clinic at the Children's Hospital, Egmore, plays a curial role in motivating parents to help children use the devices and the importance of regular replacement. We have helped 244 children enjoy their childhood and walk into a brighter future during the past quarter. Even during the lockdown, we connected through video calls to check on the status of the appliances. We even managed to send the replacements through known sources. 

Seeing that their sons' feet were progressively becoming the correct position, their parents realized that the treatment was good for their sons. 

Most children with disabilities in rural villages are not that lucky; many do not get the treatment; have no education; are discriminated against from birth, and are seen as a financial and societal burden. The parents worry about who will care for them when they die.

The twins are unstoppable now and ready to take on the world. "It is magical to see them running, jumping, and playing, which looked like a faraway dream," say the parents.

Thank you for your continued support. We'd be happy if you could share this note with your family members and friends who might be keen to support children with birth defects. 

Gratefully,

Sowmya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now his world as wide as the ocean
Now his world as wide as the ocean

Dear donors,

Greetings from Sukriti Social Foundation.

Though the pandemic tested all, there was something that stayed unchanged–kindness and unity. That's what you showed us. To ensure the children get the right treatment at the right time; do not miss the replacement of their devices or the making the specified devices, You stood with us. Thank you.

With your support, for the period June to August 2021, we distributed 229 various devices to 220 children with birth defects. This initiative turned despair into joy and glory and disappointments into wonder and hope, translating into beautiful stories.

Here is one story, among many.

"I am Mahesh. Revathi is my wife's name. We live in a small village in Tamil Nadu, India. Out of the three children, the youngest is Puzalarsan. During the last semester scan, the doctor broke the news that our baby has some problems in his legs. We were hurt and fear engulfed us. However, with the doctor's assurance, we moved on.

Our son was born. We touched, stroked, rubbed his little legs and felt the difference.  The scan results were correct. Our elders at home were overwhelmed and their troubled hearts lead to a spirit of heaviness deep within. For both of us, our son was a joy and we were determined to get the medical treatment.

My son had two surgeries. He was only two years old. Then the doctors directed us to the Children's Hospital. The doctors checked my sons' legs and advised that he has to wear corrective shoes. That's the time, we came across Sukriti Social Foundation, If not for their support, we could not have afforded these shoes. Not only that - they motivated us, kept the connection strong and was available to us always.

Each time he wore the shoe he cried. We cried too. But we thought of his future and never gave up. We hugged him, consoled him, carried him and ensured that he wore the shoes.  When the shoes needed replacements, Sukirit was ready to replace them.

Then, our son crawled, made attempts to stand. When we met the doctor, we shared our son's progress. Gradually, he had to wear the shoes only at night, Then, my son took his first step when he was four years old. There was limitless joy in our house. Recently the doctor informed us that our son need not wear the shoes anymore. My eyes were welled and every now and then I had to wipe my tears, My wife was filled with joy and so are other children.

"My wife and I are so thankful to the doctors and most importantly to Sukriti Social Foundation. They stood with us, encouraged us and willingly replaced my son's shoes whenever needed. Today, my son can walk, run and jump like any other child. Thank you for creating a path where my son can be independent,".

This is the story narrated by Mahesh, father of Puzlarasan.

We, in turn, thank you dear donors who have continuously supported us. Please do share this story with your family and friends who may get inspired. Thank you once again for your support.

 

Gratefully,

Sowmya 

Enjoying his day out
Enjoying his day out
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Location: Chennai - India
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Sowmya Simhan
Chennai, Tamil Nadu India
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